Ken Lonnquist kicks off 2003 Heartland Festival

May 7, 2003

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PLATTEVILLE -The office of Continuing Education at UW-Platteville is proud to sponsor the third annual Ken Lonnquist performance at the Richard and Helen Brodbeck Concert Hall Wednesday, May 21, at 7 p.m. The performance will mark the first event of the 2003 Heartland Festival and will be open to all students, faculty and community members free of charge.

From Madison, Lonnquist is a singer, songwriter and entertainer whose been performing for 25 years across North America. Using his improvisational skills-guitar, singing, storytelling and energetic personality-Lonnquist is a delight for children and adults alike.

Lonnquist's performance is filled with a variety of styles including pop, folk, blues, ballads, topical and rib-ticklers to spread the message of peace, friendship and the environment. With his ability to improvise, Lonnquist is known for his made up on-the-spot songs and audience interaction.

His numerous accomplishments have not gone unnoticed. Lonnquist has released numerous recordings for children and received several awards including the Parent's Choice, American Library Association, Wisconsin Area Music Industry, Madison Audubon Society and Dane County Kids awards.

"Ken has a very entertaining style that is appropriate for families of all ages," Marian Maciej-Hiner, director of continuing education, said. "Continuing education always looks forward to partnering with the Heartland Festival to add to the offerings for the community."

Tickets for the Ken Lonnquist performance must be reserved prior to the event by calling the Center for the Arts (CFA) Box Office at (608) 342-1298. For more information, please contact Maciej-Hiner by phone at (608) 342-1302 or email at maciejhm@uwplatt.edu or John Hassig, program coordinator for the CFA and Harry and Laura Nohr Art Gallery, by phone at (608) 342-1267 or email at hassigj@uwplatt.edu.

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